Handset retailers charged

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission yesterday filed criminal charges against 12 local mobile retailers for failing to meet a deadline to clarify their handset testing documents.

The NBTC on June 20 had sought clarification within 30 days from 27 handset distributors on their testing results due to substandard phones.

The order came after the NBTC revoked import permits for 280 Chinese handset models covering 970,000 units after it found their testing reports had not been issued by authorised laboratories. However, only 15 firms supplied clarification to the NBTC.

In addition, certain documents purportedly attesting that some handsets had been tested by authorised foreign labs to qualify for import permits were fake.

The NBTC grants import permits to 16 million handsets each year.

To obtain a permit, distributors must produce documents certifying their devices comply with international standards.

Secretary-general Takorn Tantasit said a conviction carries a jail sentence of six months to five years and/or a fine of 1,000 to 10,000 baht.

The 12 firms being charged are All Tech Marketing Co, Long Cheer Communication Co, IO Tech Technology, Micro Telecom, Araya Bupasiri, Cool Computer (Thailand), D Mobile (Thailand), TC Mobile Phone, A Mobile World, L.B.L (2004), Best King and Smile Phone Co.

In another development, the NBTC's broadcasting committee yesterday rejected an appeal from TrueVisions, the pay-TV operator, for failing to pay a daily fine of 20,000 baht after its customers were blocked from watching the 2012 European Football Championship.

"If TrueVisions does not pay a total fine of 500,000 baht within 30 days from now, then we'll charge an additional 2% on top of that," said committee chairman Col Natee Sukolrat.

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Writer: Komsan Tortermvasana
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